Just over 2 weeks ago we reported that Kyonosuke Kameda (5-2-1, 4) [亀田京之介], the cousin of former world champion Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda, had transferred to the Harada Gym. He had left the Hanagata Gym, who stepped in at the last minute last year to let him fight in the All Japan Rookie of the Year, and had signed up with a gym that he had previously trained when he was a youngster.
Today the next step in Kameda's career was announced as the twice beaten youngster confirmed his next bout.
The promising Kameda, who's still only 22 years old, will be back in the ring on November 28th as he fighters on an edition of "Fighting Beat Boxing" at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka.
The youngster's opponent has been named as the debuting 31 year old Daiki Asai (0-0) [浅井 大貴], who was a very solid amateur with a 61-16 (33) amateur record and a former All Japan Amateur champion.
The bout looks set to be the main event of the show and will be a 6 rounder.
Notably there will also be a very interesting 8 rounder on this show with Ayato Hiromoto (2-0, 1) [廣本彩刀], who was originally planned to face former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] before Kuroda's recent surgery, taking on JBC ranked foe Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐]. This is a mouth watering Super Flyweight bout and a great chance to see what Hiromoto is made off at this very early stage in his career.
Earlier today at the Tokiwa Arena in Kobe fans were able to attend a small, yet rather notable Senrina Kobe Promotions show featuring a number of talented, and often over-looked, Japanese fighters. Several of which were ranked youngster, or men tipped for potential success.
The first bout of note saw a minor upset as Hiroyuki Takahara (8-3, 6) [高原 裕之] stopped touted youngster Tom Mizokoshi (7-2-1, 4) [溝越 斗夢]. The fight was an intense fight early on and really a fun one for the fans, but in the third round Takahara dropped Mizokoshi with a right hand. Following the knockdown Mizokoshi required a stretcher to help him leave the ring, though thankfully it does appear that was a precaution rather than any potential brain issues. After the bout Mizokoshi took to social media, explaining that was the first time that he had been down in his career, and that he had suffered a fracture to his jaw.
Sadly the result today will mean that Mizokoshi is unlikely to take part in a previously scheduled bout for later in the year. We want to wish him a speedy recovery.
The second bout of note also saw an upset of sorts, as Yuna Hara (9-2-1, 5) [原 優奈] defeated the JBC ranked Chiharu Takasuka (7-7-1, 4) [高須賀 千春], with a 3rd round TKO. Hara looked sharp and quick from the off, and looked like he was wanting to make a statement. In round 3 that statement came as he dropped Takasaku. The win will see Hara climb into the rankings when they are updated and will give his career a huge boost.
The chief support bout was much more competitive, as Yuga Inoue (10-1-1, 1) [井上 夕雅] took a split decision win over Tetsuya Mimura (8-3, 1) [見村 徹弥]. Given both men had a single stoppage to their name neither man was expected to take the other out, and that proved to be the case in what was an intriguing match up. Mimura seemed to have some early success but Inoue managed to change the tempo and increased the pressure well. It was the change in out put and pressure from Inoue that began to catch the eye, and began to grind down Mimura and win over the judges. The skills of Mimura impressed, but the pressure and work rate of Inoue was enough to take him the split decision with scores of 78-74 and 77-75 in his favour, whilst the dissenting judge had it 77-75 in favour of Mimura.
In the main event fans again saw the fighters go to the final bell as Ryosuke Nasu (12-5-3, 2) [那須 亮祐] took a clear decision win over Hiroki Tokuyama (9-3-1, 2) [徳山 洋輝], to retain his JBC ranking. Tokuyama came out aggressively but was dropped in the early stages. That didn't stop him but was dropped again in round 2 and it was clear that his aggression was being punished by the clean, sharper punches of Nasu. Nasu then went off the boil and couldn't close the show, but did manage to take a clear decision with scores of 79-71, 78-72 and 77-73.
Earlier today at the Ohashi gym in Yokohama Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] finally returned to sparring, the first time since his November bout with Nonito Donaire, which came in the WBSS final and saw Inoue unifying the IBF and WBA Bantamweight titles.
The Bantamweight kingpin, who is scheduled to defend his titles on April 25th in US, was in the ring with Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2) [石井渡士也] with their spar lasting 5 rounds.
The spar is long than Inoue typically spars for, though it seems like he will be doing up to 10 rounds of sparring at a time as they build towards the April bout, which is expected to be against WBO champion John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20).
Of course we know fans will be asking about the eye injury Inoue suffered against Donaire. The injury was the reason it's taken so long for Inoue to return to sparring, but appears to be fully healed and they wouldn't have allowed him to spar at all without passing medical clearance.
Interestingly Naoya wasn't the only member of the Inoue family in the gym today as younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上 拓真] also took part in some sparring, sharing the ring with Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Rysouke Nasu (11-5-3, 2) [那須亮祐].
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Just moments ago in Sumida fight fans saw former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川健太] score one of his most important wins to date, stopping youngster Rysouke Nasu (10-5-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in the 7th round.
The bout had been a mostly uneventful one. The pace seemed to set by Nasu's speed and his jab, and it was a bout that never really gelled. In fact despite being mostly free of clinches it was just not catching fire at all.
It seemed like Nakagawa was trying to lure youngster in for a counter left hand, but Nasu's speed and feints were giving Nakagawa a tough time reading him and causing further issues with how the bout was to watch. Though awkward to see it always seemed like Nakagawa's power could play a major factor, at some point.
As the fight went on Nasu's confidence began to to grow, he started to become more aggressive, trying to make his work clearly and out work the older man. That came with added risks and part way through round 7 Nakagawa finally landed one of his vaunted power shots, a big left hand, that sent Nasu down in Nakagawa's own corner. The referee began a count but it wasn't concluded as Nasu's team tossed in the towel and tended to their man.
Their was a few worrying scenes, given how long Nasu was down, and it did seem like Nakagawa was worried for his foe for a few minutes, but Nasu would manage to leave the ring under his own steam.
This is the second time Nasu has been stopped, with the first coming in the 2016 to Masamichi Yabuki in the West Japan Rookie of the Year final. As for Nakagawa this is a 4th straight win since losing the Japanese title to Ryuichi Funai just over 2 years ago.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka got a real treat as they saw a new Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion being crowned.
The bout saw the heavy handed Yuto Nakamura (9-5, 7) [中村祐斗] take a razor thin split decision win over Ryosuke Nasu (9-4-3, 2) [那須亮祐] in what was a real thriller.
Nakamura got off to a good start, leading on two of the scorecards after 4 rounds due to his aggression, as pushed Nasu back and landed a number of big right hands. Although in the lead Nakamura had been cut, from an accidental headclash, and the lead was narrow, with one judge having the bout level.
Nasu looked to turn the bout around in round 5, and tried new things, using his feet more and picking up the tempo. It wasn't enough however and Nakamura matched him step for step, before the two took part in a wildly entertaining final round. In the end Nakamura narrowly took the win, with scores of 78-75 and 77-75 in his favour, whilst the third judge had it 77-76 to Nasu.
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